The Clemson Tigers are just weeks away from the beginning of fall camp, and most of the starting positions are locked up. However, if the Tigers expect to win 10 games or more for the fourth season in a row, they'll need depth.
Clemson has recruited well over the past four years. That depth will be put to the test this fall as several younger players—specifically in the secondary—ascend into starting positions for the first time in their college careers.
And there's always injuries. What happens if All-American defensive end Vic Beasley goes down?
The best teams in sports are the ones that survive when a star goes down. Those teams have backups ready to step in at a moment's notice and pick up right where their predecessor went down.
Remember Frank Reich? Reich is most famous for being the architect behind the biggest comebacks in both NFL and college football history. Reich was the backup quarterback for each of those teams.
What about Tom Brady? Arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history was an unknown backup when he stepped in for an injured Drew Bledsoe and never looked back.
Not everyone who fills in for an injured starter will be a star, but it's those backups who come in and quietly perform well that help teams win championships.
Here are five backups who are critical to Clemson's success in 2014.